By Jay A. Fernandez | Indiewire December 19, 2012 at 10:35AM
Wong Kar Wai’s much-anticipated martial-arts epic “The Grandmaster” will open the Berlin International Film Festival in February.
Set during the 1930’s in China and inspired by the real-life exploits of Bruce Lee’s legendary mentor IP Man, “Grandmaster” stars Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Ziyi Zhang, Chang Chen, Zhao Benshan, Xiao Shengyang and Song Hye Kyo. The film, which will screen out of competition, is a Block 2 Pictures and Sil-Metropole Organisation presentation of a Jet Tone Films and Sil-Metropole Organisation production.
“It is a special honour for us to open the 2013 Berlinale with the presentation of the newest film by this year's jury president, Wong Kar Wai,” said festival director Dieter Kosslick. “With ‘The Grandmaster,’ Kar Wai has added a new and exciting facet to his body of works, and created an artful, visually powerful genre film.”
“The Grandmaster” will have its world premiere Jan. 8 in China.
The 63rd Berlin International Film Festival takes place Feb. 7-17.
“I am truly very honoured by Dieter and his invitation for my new film ‘The Grandmaster’ to participate in the 63rd Berlinale and to open the festival,” said Wong Kar Wai. “This is a dream project for me that I had been developing for many years. I was already greatly looking forward to my returning to Berlin to serve as the President of the International Jury, so seeing ‘The Grandmaster’ presented there will make it all the more special for me.”